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Who Bears the Risk in Fintech?

The excitement around fintech in India is palpable. Many see it as a market-led solution to the policy objective of financial inclusion. Fintech regulation must therefore be designed carefully to prevent and mitigate risks while also preserving the potential for financial inclusion. 
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A New Financial Syntax for Illiterate and Low-literate People

Digital solutions that work well for literate people often fail to support inclusion among the estimated one billion adults worldwide who cannot read or write. My Oral Village is building on oral approaches to money management to broaden digital financial inclusion in Pakistan.
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The Gender Gap is Wide. Which FinTechs Are Working to Narrow It?

A new Female-Focused Fintech Prize aims to connect and bring attention to fintech products working for women.
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Want To Stay in Business? Keep Your Loan Officers Happy

Loan officers are in a critical position to influence clients’ experience with an MFI. Yet they are often under intense pressure to meet targets. Here are six steps for improving working conditions for microfinance field staff.
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A Is for Agriculture

The A-Card is a new business model helping smallholders in Bangladesh gain access to finance through a digitized four-way linkage between farmers, banks, MFIs and agricultural input retailers. CARE shares how it works and their lessons learned. 
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Three Steps for Closing India’s Gender Gap in Digital Financial Services

Grameen Foundation India shares how they are working on the first step of improving women’s digital financial literacy.
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Grappling With India’s National Biometric-Based Payments System

India’s Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AePS) is the world’s first national biometric-based payments system. In the two years since its launch, AePS has revealed both benefits and challenges as it seeks to expand financial inclusion. Grameen Foundation India has experienced these directly as we work to scale digital financial services and financial education. How does AePS work? AePS was designed to allow individuals to conduct financial transactions across any participating bank, using just three inputs:
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Three Years Later: Financial Services Spur Recovery Following Nepal’s Gorkha Earthquake

Study finds that access to formal savings and loans played a critical role in coping with disaster 
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How to Bring More Women into Mobile Money

To improve the user experience of mobile money smartphone apps and help overcome barriers for women, GRID Impact uses human-centered design - creating solutions with women, not just for women.
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Digital Winds of Change in Rural India

How can MFIs manage the inevitable change as the world goes digital? Collaboration is one key strategy. Grameen Foundation India shares how an MFI-Fintech collaboration is transforming the lives of poor rural women.